PLA adapts to face the future
This has been a busy year because I travelled extensively and wrote nearly 200 stories. Looking back, though, it feels as though I only wrote about two subjects — China’s ongoing military reform and the country’s space program.
The People’s Liberation Army, the world’s largest fighting force by numbers, spent 2016 reshaping its top command bodies — dismantling the general staff headquarters, the general political department and two other top authorities and establishing 15 new organs directly under the Central Military Commission. It also restructured its regional command systems, and ground and missile forces.
The PLA established a new branch dedicated to space, cyber and electronic warfare, and founded logistic support units.
These moves were just part of an unprecedented reform, with more measures to be rolled out in the coming years.
I feel lucky to be witnessing the remaking of China’s
The Long March 5 carrier rocket is prepared before its launch on November 3.